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Young Writers

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Vanessa O'Loughlin

Are you a young writer? All the authors we talk to here at writing.ie started just like you – writing diaries and stories – and those who stuck with their writing are the ones whom you are reading today.

Keep writing and keep reading and one day you could have that Number One Bestseller!

We are planning a whole section dedicated to young writers here at writing.ie, with competitions, tips and resources to help you with your writing.

If you live anywhere near Dublin, Fighting Words is one place you MUST visit!


Fighting Words is a creative writing centre, established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love. Inspired by 826 Valentia in San Francisco, Fighting Words is located on Behan Square, Russell Street, Dublin 1, very close to Croke Park. Fighting Words helps students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing. They provide story-telling fieldtrips for primary school groups, creative writing workshops for secondary students, and seminars, workshops and tutoring for adults. All tutoring is free – tell your teachers about Fighting Words and ask them to book your class in!

The Fighting Words fieldtrips and workshops are created and run by volunteers. The volunteers include professional writers, novelists,  screen-writers, journalists, poets, aspiring writers, student teachers from DCU and all the Dublin colleges of education, retired teachers and many more people who are just keen to be involved in creative work.

For more information about the fieldtrips and workshops on offer for primary school groups, secondary groups, or adults visit www.fightingwords.ie

Here are links to some great websites dedicated to helping young writers achieve their dreams – get your stuff published online, get tips and advice, enter competitions and get in touch with fellow young writers.

You-tale.ie is a brand new online magazine written for and by children in Irish Primary Schools and supported by Childrens Books Ireland, providing a very welcome outlet for their literary work. The site regularly features a wide range of creative writing and reviewing competitions with a great range of prizes. To find out more visit their website.


Childrens’ Books Ireland’s magazine INIS, is now online! The flagship publication of Children’s Books Ireland, here you will find a rich array of children’s literature articles and reviews as well as up to the minute news and information. By combining CBI’s substantial archive of print issues with new online content, Inis magazine continues to be the leading publication dedicated to children’s books in Ireland. Inismeans both ‘island’ and ‘tell’ in Irish and is pronounced ‘inn-ish’.


MySchoolWriting.ie is a resource that allows your school to set up a secure website where students can post and review their creative writing, get info on competitions and tips from writers. Well worth a look!


KidPub was created in 1995 as a safe, fun place for kids to improve their writing skills by sharing their stories, poems, reviews, and other creative writing with a worldwide audience. It’s one of the oldest web sites still in operation.

KidPub is a membership site. They charge a small fee, $12.95 per year, that helps them verify that a parent has given permission for their child to be on KidPub. It also helps pay for their servers and maintenance. Membership is only required to publish stories…anyone can come to KidPub to read, and thousands do each day. Members can also enter our writing contests, comment on stories that they have read, leave notes for other members, and add to our never-ending stories.


Writing competitions every month, Kidworld is a great resource where  all the stories get published on the website. You can also read other people’s work and find ‘keypals’ your age.


The Young Writers Club is based in the United States and is dedicated to quality educational programs that challenge and motivate young journalists with constant discovery and excited learning. The Club encourages and inspires children at schools, home-schools, and after-school programs to learn about the great authors; emulate their examples by composing their own written works; build confidence in the writing process in different genres; develop as lifetime scholars who are self-motivated to read, write, and enrich their families and communities

Cyberteen’s goal is to create and promote youth community worldwide, and give teens a voice and an interactive place to express their creativity. Art, poetry, and short stories.

Amazing Kids

Founded in 1998, Amazing Kid’s! mission is to help inspire kids to discover their own unique gifts and to use them in positive and productive ways to make a difference in their lives and in the communities in which they live. Kids can enter story competitions and submit work to the Amazing Kids Magazine

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If you go to school in the South Dublin area, check this out and tell your teacher about it!
The Write a Book project has its own website at www.writeabook.ie

Keep checking back here to see what we have for young writers – and we’d love to hear from you. If you have an author you’d like us to interview, let us know. Have you read a great book by an Irish author recently? Tell us about it! Send you review to contact@writing.ie!

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